Don’t eat games consoles

Greenpeace have again been shouting at format holders for not making games consoles environmentally friendly enough. Digital Spy’s headline? Consoles ‘contain hazardous chemicals’. My advice: don’t eat them.

The BBC‘s story is less retarded. And Greenpeace do have a point: Nintendo are known to be bloody rubbish when it comes to environmental concerns, Sony don’t seem to be applying the same standards to the PlayStation 3 as they do Vaio laptops, and Microsoft are obviously evil. Probably.


Jake has been here since the beginning, with hundreds of reviews and countless other guff to his name. These days, not so consistent.

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  • The point is that if the consoles and other equipment don’t get greener, their contents might eventually end up in your food. Greenpeace targets so called persistent organic pollutants that accumulate in nature and end up in the food system. Safe substitutes exist, so why not use them instead?

  • It’s not strictly about chemicals getting into the food supply, it’s more a case of these consoles being dumped after their use, usually shipped off to India/China years later for ‘recycling’, where the dangerous chemicals are left in the third world dumps and get into the water supply – which is a massive problem in parts of India and China now.

    But as it’s a problem that generally doesn’t affect us, instead poisoning and killing children thousands of miles away, most corporations don’t care.

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